I sat down Monday evening and pondered connecting the dots on something I consider a national security issue: the growing list of military officers being prosecuted for questionable reasons. When I’m out traveling, many folks ask me if there is a targeted “purging” of military leaders. I’m never one to join in on conspiracy theories, but there have been some recent instances that we should pay attention to — and perhaps there are more, of which you our astute readers are aware.
Perhaps the most recent is Army LTC Jason Amerine. LTC Amerine, who is according to CNN, “a Special Forces war hero who played an instrumental role in the overthrow of the Taliban in the months after 9/11, is now under investigation over a purported unauthorized disclosure relating to a U.S. hostage held overseas that was made to U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter’s office.”
“A plan was developed in the Pentagon by Amerine, most recently a planner on the U.S. Army staff, to secure the release of those American hostages, according to a staff member on Hunter’s committee. The plan was to release Haji Bashir Noorzai, a prominent member of the Taliban who is in prison in the States on drug trafficking charges, in exchange for US Army SGT. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban until last year as well as other Taliban hostages.”
“They were: Caitlin Coleman, a U.S. citizen, and her husband, Canadian citizen Joshua Boyle, and Warren Weinstein, an American aid worker held by al-Qaida who was inadvertently killed in a CIA drone strike in January. In a Facebook post this month, Amerine made his first public comments about the investigation, writing: “I have been under criminal investigation for the last four months for whistleblowing to Congress over our completely dysfunctional system for recovering hostages. The FBI formally complained to the Army about me reporting to Congress about their failed efforts to recover Warren Weinstein, Caitlin Coleman and the child she bore in captivity…If I learned nothing in my 22 years of service I learned that we never leave people behind.” So a Special Forces combat veteran is being prosecuted — this time as a whistleblower.
There is now a petition on his behalf, which you can sign here.How many of you remember the case of Army LTC Matthew Dooley? Per the Daily Caller, “Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley, a highly decorated combat commander, was reassigned from Afghanistan back to the US to teach a course entitled “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism” at the US Joint Forces Staff College. The curriculum Lt. Col. Dooley was assigned to teach was approved many years ago, but for some reason did not come to the attention of Muslim special interest groups until Lt. Col. Dooley arrived. Fifty-Seven Muslim organizations signed a letter to the Department of Defense demanding that training materials offensive to them be purged and instructors disciplined. Eventually the letter was passed to General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This was shortly followed by a Defense Department press release condemning the course material being taught as not “simply objectionable” but “inflammable.” Later on General Dempsey would say that the course’s content was “totally objectionable” and “against our values.” Lt. Col. Dooley was relieved of his teaching assignment and his exemplary career effectively trashed.” Anyone know where LTC Dooley is today? We wrote about this case some time ago and what’s rather telling is that many of these (57) Muslim organizations which signed the letter are listed in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Explanatory Memorandum.
Now that I’m here in Texas, I often think about Army 1LT Clint Lorance, a young man sitting in Ft. Leavenworth prison serving a twenty-year sentence for killing the enemy. And to think Bowe Bergdahl ran away and remains free — even as he has been charged with desertion.